Get the Jump on Planning Spring RV Camping

The winter months aren’t kind to many parts of the US, where motorhomes and trailers sit tucked away in storage. Those cold winter months, however, are the best time to plan for camping once the snow thaws. We’ve collected some helpful tips that smart RV campers use to get the jump on planning spring RV excursions.

Tip #1: Save the Date!

While there’s virtue in being spontaneous, many popular campgrounds fill quickly with the first hint of spring. They may also take reservations for campsites months in advance.

If there’s a special place that beckons you to set up camp, check the website or give them a call and find out when the campground opens (if not year-round), how far in advance you can book campsites and, if you’re planning to go on a holiday weekend, whether there’s a minimum number of days for reservations.

By mapping out your spring camping season in advance, and booking your campsites early, you’ll avoid disappointment and have more time to enjoy the places you love to camp.

Here’s a quick list of ideas to get more information on popular RV camping venues in America:

  • State-by-State private campground list at
  • Access to info on US Forestry Service, National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management campgrounds at
  • Campgrounds on State and Federal public lands at
  • Kampgrounds of America listings at
  • Information on National Park seasons, campgrounds and activities at
  • Also check individual RV campground and resort websites

Tip #2: Do Your Homework on Special Event Camping

For spring RV camping that’s connected to a festival or sporting event, it pays to do your homework months in advance.

You might, for instance, be planning to go RV camping to the legendary South by Southwest festival in Austin next March. If you are, this link to Austin area campgrounds is a good place to start. By booking early, you’ll have a better chance of scoring campsites close to the SXSW events you plan to attend.

Baseball fans, on the other hand, might be planning to travel by RV to the final round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles. Pick a Los Angeles area campground and book your campsite now for the best experience next March. Double your California camping fun by planning to camp near San Diego and attend Round Two games for the Classic the week before.

Or you may love traveling by RV to Cactus League spring training baseball games in Arizona, or Grapefruit League pre-season match-ups in Florida. Either way, you’ll want to reserve your campsites early near your favorite ballparks.

The bottom line to optimum spring RV camping at sporting events and festivals: buy your tickets and book your campsites early. You’ll be glad you did.

Tip #3: Reserve Your Trailer or Motorhome Rental

If owning a motorhome isn’t on your horizon, you can still plan to camp next spring. Renting an RV is an affordable way to experience camping at your favorite locations. Use this RV rental link to get in touch with helpful El Monte RV staff who can help you reserve the RV you need.

Find out how early you can book reservations, especially surrounding special events or near popular camping venues such as national parks. It’s easier than you think to rent an RV, and we’re happy to help with the planning.        Spring Camping Planning

Spring’s Coming Sooner Than You Think!

It may be hard to imagine camping at your favorite campground when the snow’s piling up outdoors. Spring, however, waits for no camper and it’s going to be here before you know it. Pick a place where you can play outdoors, watch exciting sports action or hear live music close to your campground and start planning. Spring RV camping season will be here sooner than you think!

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10 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy on a U.S. Road Trip

by: Bree Weidman

If you’re planning an RV-style road trip across the United States, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind- adventure! From the endless deserts and painted skies of the “Wild West” to the coastal plains and rolling seas of the Eastern Seaboard, the U.S. has plenty to offer international visitors.

To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve taken into account both U.S. culture and the rules of the road to devise these 10 health and safety tips:

  1. Don’t advertise yourself as a tourist

When you look like you don’t know where you’re going (or if it’s clear you’re “not from around here”), thieves are more likely to view you as an easy target. Keep the road maps in your car out of plain sight, recommends RoadTripAmerica, and “if your vehicle is laden with luggage, park where you can see it from a restaurant or store.”

Don’t want to dress like a tourist? Learn all about American clothing and style with this free guide.

  1. Make frequent stops

Every few hours, pull over and take a break- even if you don’t think you’re sleepy. Use this time to stretch your legs, revel in the fresh air, and get some nourishment. But don’t park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane unless you have an emergency, says Independent Traveler.

If you’re traveling in a group, rotating drivers will allow you to nap without wasting valuable time. And if you’re traveling solo, the site recommends listening to music, cracking your window, and refraining from using speed control, since concentrating can help keep you awake. If you’re too tired to drive, certainly pull over for a nap!

  1. Understand distracted-driving laws

Hopefully you already know not to drink and drive (and to always wear your seatbelt). But did you know that using a hand-held cell phone while driving is against primary enforcement law in 14 U.S. states? This means you can be cited even without committing an additional traffic offense.

The U.S. has primary enforcement laws regarding the use of seatbelts, too. For additional info on seatbelt laws, DUI laws, and more, check out this Guide to U.S. Culture and Customs. 

  1. Have an emergency plan in place before severe weather hits

Upon arriving in a new location, take time to devise an emergency plan, suggest Jason and Kristin Snow of Be sure to find the nearest storm shelter and evacuation spots- especially in areas prone to floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes.

The “snowmads” also recommend that you react quickly to severe weather threats, value your life (and the lives of law enforcement) above the welfare of your possessions, and gather “the most up-to-date weather data available.”

  1. Prepare your vehicle for long-distance travel

Like cars, RV’s need to be properly serviced and maintained. According to Camping World, oil and filters should be changed at regular intervals, roof seals and seams should be inspected every 6 months, and tire pressure and lug nuts should be inspected before every trip. Before jetting off on your vacation, check with your RV rental company to see what your responsibilities are.

  1. Pack an emergency kit

No traveler really wants to consider the possibility of becoming stranded on the side of the road, but emergencies happen- especially on long-term trips. Having these 6 things in your emergency kit can save you a world of trouble.

  1. Invest in physical maps – and a guidebook

While it’s a good idea to load your smartphone with travel apps (Google Maps, GasBuddy, and iExit will all come in handy), there’s still a chance you’ll run into spotty cell service in the U.S. For those times you can’t get a signal, a fold-out atlas is ideal.

A Dangerous Business travel blog recommends a Rand McNally road atlas and a book like The Next Exit, a complete guide to interstate highway amenities.

  1. Get international travel health insurance

Did you know that a broken leg can cost up to $7,500 to fix in the United States? Before departing your home country, it’s your responsibility as an international traveler to find out whether your standard medical insurance policy covers you outside your home country.

If it doesn’t (and many do not), an international travel medical plan can provide coverage for eligible expenses resulting from unexpected illness or injury. Not only do these plans provide financial protection and access to quality medical care, but some plans include benefits like Medical Evacuation, Natural Disaster, and Personal Liability.

  1. Read up on social etiquette

There’s more to feeling safe and secure on a road trip than simply avoiding injury. In addition to prepping your vehicle for travel, following traffic laws, and acquiring insurance, be sure to read up on social etiquette in the U.S. By understanding behavioral norms, you can bypass uncomfortable (or, in worst-case scenarios, threatening) situations.

This Guide to U.S. Culture and Customs has everything you need to know- from general manners, acceptable gestures, and welcome topics of conversation to dining etiquette and tipping guidelines!

  1. Keep your valuables safe

Get in the habit of locking your RV each time you head out, no matter how safe a campground appears. Lock valuables in either the glove compartment or trunk before you reach your destination, suggests Independent Traveler. If possible, luggage should be stored in the trunk.

Kampgrounds of America recommends also keeping your shades closed and purchasing devices to protect your vehicle while you’re gone, like a safe, trailer-hitch lock, or motion detector.

If you thought these tips were helpful, find these and many more in this free, downloadable Guide to U.S. Culture and Customs! Following these tips and tricks will result in a seamless cultural transition- no matter where you choose to stop along the way. 

Bree Weidman is a Marketing Specialist for Tokio Marine HCC – MIS Group, a full-service insurance organization offering domestic short term and travel medical insurance products to international travelers worldwide.  Though she’s been writing her entire life, Bree has been a contributing author of the MIS Group blog for about a year now, covering topics paramount to global adventurers: health, safety, culture, and insurance, to name a few. When Bree isn’t writing, you’ll likely find her daydreaming about her next international vacation!
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Five Reasons Why Electric Bikes Are Amazing for RVers

It’s no secret that RVers are adventurous folks, always looking for a great new way to explore our country, see its many beautiful sights, and come up with fun and innovative ways to travel. What some RV fans might not know is that there’s another vehicle, of sorts, that also fits the bill: electric bicycles. In fact, we think that RVs and eBikes are the perfect complement for one another, a real match made in recreational heaven.

So, let’s check out why this is such a perfect pairing.

They’re Fun

Remember how much fun you used to have riding your bicycle? Well, whether you’ve stayed an active biker, or have gotten a bit rusty over the past few years, an electric bike will get you back biking again, and having all the fun you once had as a kid.

Electric bikes let you either cruise just on battery power, or give you a slight electric boost as you pedal along. This lets you get back into all the fun of biking without worry about getting too tired, or wobbling as you relearn to ride, or getting sweaty when you encounter hills. And with your battery boosting you, electric bikes let you cruise along at 25 to 30 miles per hour.

And if you’re RVing with the family, the fun isn’t limited to just you. Couples can ride side-by-side, not worrying about one partner getting tired. And if you have kids that have been consistently kicking your butt on trails or treks, now you’ll be able to not only keep up with them, but even show them who’s boss, all atop your ebike.

Huge Health Benefits

As you age, staying healthy can become more of a challenge. Those that spend a lot of time in their RV know just how valuable stretching your legs can be. With an electric bike, you’ll more than stretch those legs; you’ll engage in an enjoyable workout that’s high in healthy cardio and low in dangerous impact.

By getting your legs kicking and your heart pumping, you’re staving off heart disease and other ailments. And with an electric bike, you can pedal as hard and fast as you want, assuredly knowing that if you get too tired, you can always get home on electric power alone.

See More Sights

Say you’ve parked your RV in some beautiful preserve. Once you’re there, you’ll have endless sights to explore, but unfortunately only so much time to do so: legs get tired, and moving your RV to a new trailhead can be a real hassle.

Electric Bike

Electric Bike

With an electric bike, you can kiss those limitations goodbye. Anywhere in the park you want to get to – just hop on your ebike and you’re there. And instead of plodding along a trail at 3 miles per hour, you can zoom along any bike-rated trail many times faster.   

And the convenience doesn’t end at the trailhead. Running errands around town suddenly becomes much easier when you’re not trying to park your 40 footer in front of the convenience store. Simply hop on your bike to pick up groceries, meet up with a friend, or what have you. Suddenly those nightmares about having to parallel park your camper will disappear forever!

Amazing Reliability

Some RVers used to bringing ATVs or motocross bikes with them might assume that any vehicle that’s tagging along with their camper is just an added hassle.

New electric bikes, powered by a mid-drive motor have all their electrical components kept in one central component, which can be removed with just two bolts. Flat tires and tune-ups are handled just as easily as on a standard bike. And if there’s ever anything you don’t want to deal with yourself, any bike shop the world over should be able to take care of it for you in just a few minutes. Add in how simple modern ebikes are to store on a normal bike rack, and the simplicity of recharging them, and you have yourself a real hassle-free helper.

Best of All – They’re Affordable

Now, given all these amazing perks and benefits, you might think that an electric bicycle is going to cost you a pretty penny. A few years ago, you would have been absolutely right. But as ebikes have gained in popularity, they’ve dropped dramatically in price.

You could head to your local sporting good store, or even a Target or Walmart, and see dozens of models, many as low as $500 to $1,000. But in our opinion, it’s worth spending a little bit more to get a real electric bicycle, one that’ll really last. Many industry leading brands start at around $2,000, but can be affordably had for less than $200 per month thanks to 0% financing.

Two grand certainly isn’t money to be flip about, but an electric bike isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment. You’ll save on gas, you’ll stay healthier, and you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. No wonder ebikes are so popular with RV enthusiasts!

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Find the Best Apps for RV Camping and Your Next Road Trip

Renting from El Monte RV  is such a simple and fun experience that the rest of your trip planning should be, too.  Technology can help you do just that!  With recent improvements in smart phones, most Americans are walking around with the equivalent of a computer in their back pockets.  Put all that power to work by using apps on your phone to make your next RV trip the easiest and most memorable one of your life!

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Here are four exceptional smart phone apps that will simplify everything from setting up your trip to navigating beautiful country roads.

1.  Roadtrippers

The first step in planning youar RV trip is deciding where you want to go.  Once you’ve picked that main destination, you’ll need to consider where you should stop along the way. Roadtrippers is an app that helps you discover fun and offbeat side trips all along the route to your destination.  Everything from peculiar local attractions to awesome local restaurants will announce themselves for your discovery when you have this app installed.

2.  Waze

Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of a traffic jam and wished you had been able to see ahead in order to take a different route?  Waze can help you do just that!  It compiles information from over a million users of the app, and it does far more than Google Maps or your in-vehicle GPS can.  In addition to warning you of upcoming traffic, Waze can also tell you where accidents have occurred and even where to expect police speed traps!  Don’t leave home on your next RV vacation without it.

3.  Trip Advisor City Guides

Once you get to your destination, you may have a few landmarks, hiking trails, or restaurants in mind that you’re planning on experiencing, but are you really getting the most out of your trip? Trip Advisor’s City Guides app acts as your personal guidebook to help you get more out of every area you visit.  Having this app is like having your own personal assistant alongside you informing you of events and places to visit that you may have never heard about otherwise the entire time you’re on the road!

4.  RV Parking

Arriving at your destination and getting to explore a bit may be the most fun part of your trip, but you will still need to find a spot to park the RV for the night.  RV Parking is a great app with an exhaustive database of campsites that accept RVs.  You can also review ratings from fellow travelers to find out the experience others have had about each of these campsites.  With modern smart phone technology, the saying really is, “Know before you go!”

These four apps provide a great start for anyone that is looking to have a smart and savvy vacation experience!  There are more great travel apps to make your next vacations as fantastically smooth as possible.  Take a look, and you might find an app so good you’ll wonder how you lived without it!  Since El Monte RV is committed to help you make your trip as memorable as possible, give them a call today to get the help you need to start planning your next RV vacation!

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Helpful Tools to Help Plan Your RV Trip

Spring is here, and summer is on its way, so it’s time to start thinking about a vacation!  One of the best ways to enjoy your time off is to see the country in an RV.  Before you can have fun, however, you have to plan your trip, and that can be the most stressful part.  Where do you want to go?  What should you see?  What do you want to eat when you get there?  Luckily, we have access to some great online tools to help plan an amazing RV trip for your family.

First off, check out El Monte RV in order to rent the perfect motorhome.  You can pick from locations across the United States, so wherever you’re from, there will be one close to you.  El Monte’s site makes it easy to compare different sizes of motorhomes and to check the availability of rentals at different locations, too.

After you have picked out your RV, it’s time to decide where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there.  A fantastic site for choosing destinations and activities is  Zerve connects travelers up to tours, day trips, wine tastings and thousands of other activities in cities all over the country.  Whether you want to book a whale watching trip in San Francisco or tour through famous film locations in New York City, Zerve will help you find the perfect trip for your family.

Once you’ve decided where you want to go, it’s time to start packing, and you’re going to need a good packing list.  Taking your RV on a Grand Canyon camping trip will require a very different packing list compared to a sightseeing tour of Major League Baseball parks on the East Coast!  Are you going to need a lantern and grill, or just your favorite player’s jersey and plenty of sunscreen?  Whatever you plan on doing, make up an RV packing list and start figuring out what your trip will require.  Start early and make sure you get everything you need!

When you’re on your way, recognize that traveling in an RV isn’t just about the destinations, it’s about having fun on the road, too!  One of the great ways to spend time during your trip is to listen to audio books, and that has never been easier than it is with the downloadable app from  Audible gives you the opportunity to listen to over 150,000 high-quality audio books.  You could listen to Lonesome Dove as you roll through the heat of a Texan afternoon, or experience Twilight as you actually navigate Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  Downloading this app is guaranteed to make your RV vacation the most immersive one of your life!

Lastly, everyone has to eat, and what’s the point of traveling if you don’t sample the cuisine along the way?  Try Yelp to find the best restaurants wherever you’re headed, and Open Table to book a reservation before you get there.  By knowing what other diners have to say about the local fare, you can guarantee a fantastic dining experience at every stop on the road.

You have access to more technology and tools than at any other time in human history, so make use of it when you head out on your RV adventure!

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RV Security Using a Hunting Camera

By Maureen Page, Discount Security Cameras

We often get asked by RV and trailer owners if they can use video surveillance cameras to protect or look after their RV or trailer. This does present a bit of a challenge. Classic security cameras require wires. Even if it is a “wireless” camera that sends video wirelessly to a digital video recorder (DVR), a wire is still needed to power the camera. I don’t know too many people who are up to a major reconstruction project to run the necessary wires to set up a security camera system in their RV.

But the need to protect an expensive asset still exists. What is one to do?

Well it turns out that there is an answer to this conundrum. We can turn to our hunting brethren for a potential solution. Hunters often times use hunting cameras, also known as game cameras and trail cameras, to scout potential hunting sites. It turns out that these cameras have a lot of characteristics that make them a good fit for protecting your RV.

  • Hunting cameras are self contained and do not require wires. They run off of internal batteries and they record pictures (not video) to internal memory.
  • Hunting cameras are triggered (take a picture) when motion is detected.
  • Typical hunting cameras can take color pictures during the day, and black and white pictures at night using their infrared flash capability.

So basically, you can simply pull into a camp site and set up the camera to “keep an eye on things”. You will, however, need to lock your camera to something so that it does not get stolen.

Not only can the camera be used to watch your RV at a camp site, it can also be used to keep an eye on it when it is stored someplace when not in use.

Other Benefits to Using a Hunting Camera

In addition to its security aspects, the camera can also keep track of any animals who may “visit” your camp site during the day and night. It might be nice to know that a bear comes by after dark or that dear or other critters come by to visit at times… Hunting cameras can, and often do, get some pretty amazing wildlife photographs.

Hunting cameras can also be set up to take time lapse photographs of a location. So you could set it up to make a time log of your visit to your camp site.

So a hunting or trail camera may be just the thing you need to provide some security for your RV, and you may get some great photographs as a side benefit.

About the Author
This article was written by Maureen Page, VP of Discount Security Cameras, your source for quality security cameras and security camera systems. To learn more about security camera systems and video surveillance visit the Discount Security Cameras Interactive Security Camera Learning Center.

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Top Ways to Cut RV Travel Expenses

While RV trips are typically less expensive than traditional vacations by up to 74% (see: RV Vacations Are Least Expensive, Study Finds), there are still many things that you can do to keep the cost of your RV vacation down.

Rent Your RV Rather Than Buy

If you only take a week or two for your RV Vacation every year, it may end up being more economical to rent an RV rather than purchase one. Also remember to pick the RV that is sized right for your needs. There is no need for a big Class A motorhome if a smaller Class C will adequately meet your needs.

Travel During the Off Season

If you are not beholden to a school schedule than seriously consider traveling in the off-season to get better rates (both in rentals and campgrounds). Obviously, depending on the season, your destinations may be limited to the “sunshine states” – but there is nothing wrong with escaping the winter blues with an RV vacation to Arizona.

Shop Around for Campgrounds

Campground rates can and do vary considerably. Take the time to shop around. Also don’t forget to investigate the campgrounds on public lands. Check out the State Parks in your destination state as well as for campgrounds on Federal land.

Park for Free

When traveling to and from your destination, there are many places where you can park overnight that cost little or nothing. Often times public lands have free RV parking in campgrounds with no amenities. Many Walmarts allow free overnight parking (see: WAL-MARTS BY STATE). Some other resources to check when looking for free overnight stays with your RV:  Free Campgrounds for RVs

Longer Stay for Lower Price

Some campgrounds offer discounts for extended stays. It never hurts to ask…

Use Your RV’s Kitchen

While on vacation it is always fun to eat out, do make sure to make use of the kitchen in your RV to keep eating costs down. Even if your are only eating breakfast and lunch in the RV, it will still help to keep meal costs down.

Check for Discounts

There are many discounts that are common for both RV rentals as well as campgrounds. Discounts to check for include:

  • Discount for active duty military
  • AAA discount
  • AARP discount
  • Senior Citizen’s Discount

With these tips in hand, you should be able to keep RV vacations expensed down.

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Top Accessories to Take on an RV Vacation

Readers often ask us about accessories that make an RV camping vacation perfect. Here are some top accessories our readers have suggested to take on an RV vacation:

Top RV Comfort Accessories

  • Folding Travel Chairs – Sit outside in the great outdoors in comfortable sling-type travel chairs that fold up into easy-to-store bundles.
  • 12V Personal Care Appliances – Hair dryers and curling irons built for 12V current go with you on any RV camping trip.
  • Tabletop Propane or Portable Gas Grill – If you’re RV camping often, or host tailgate parties in your motorhome, there are many options for grilling.
  • Portable Air Purifier – RV campers who suffer from allergies swear by their portable air purifiers. They plug into the cigarette lighter and filter out allergens and toxins no matter where you travel.

Top RV Travel Safety & Convenience Accessories

  • Portable Generator – For serious RV campers who want consistent power without hookups, a generator is the way to go. Look for clean running styles and keep a supply of air filters in your RV.
  • GPS System – Never fight an unfolded map again! Key your travel destination into your RV’s GPS system and follow the prompts. What could be easier?
  • USB WiFi Antenna – If your laptop is a permanent part of your life, having a WiFi antenna often lets you pick up a signal where your computer’s built-in antenna can’t.
  • First Aid Kits – Put together your own, or buy one of the great options available from camping stores, but definitely put together a kit with basic first aid supplies.
  • Weather Radio – Know what you’re driving into, or what’s rolling toward your campground, in time to avoid disaster. Weather radios can be tuned to local weather reporting stations so you’ll be alerted if there’s danger.
  • RV Tool Kit – Your RV may be well-maintained, but traveling without a tool kit onboard is a bad idea. There are packaged tool kits specifically made for RVs, or you can pull together you own kit that fits into an easy to stow case.

Top Green RV Camping Accessories

  • Biodegradable Products – Hand soap, dish washing liquid and toilet paper keep your RV camping trips easier on the earth.
  • Solar Camping Lantern – Keep your late night sessions in the great outdoors green with solar camping lanterns. Some even come with emergency strobes and radios.
  • Bamboo Kitchen Accessories – Green RVers love using sustainable products! Bamboo dishes, utensils and cutting boards are a great addition to the green RV kitchen.

Now that we’ve piqued your interest in adding to your RV camping gear, here are some great websites for buying accessories:

Let us know your favorite RV accessories, too. Happy camping!

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Sure it costs less, but we think its more fun!

We just read an article about the cost of RV’ing being less expensive than other forms of travel. Just saving the cost of flights for families can often pay for the trip. My favorite part of renting RV’s is that you only have to unpack one time. Instead of packing every morning and unpacking every night, you just unpack into the motorhome dressers and closets once and you are done with it until the end of the trip!

If you are interested in the article on how RV’ing can save you money it’s here:

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RV Camping & Essentials

You have booked your RV rental or purchased your first motorhome, but now have no idea how to outfit it for the perfect RV vacation. You’re in luck, because this list of essential RV camping items will help you get on the road fast!

Keeping Things Safe and Comfortable
Love to travel, but have trouble adjusting to the road? Why not take along some of the things that make your own home a haven?

  • Battery-powered alarm clock – an alarm clock can keep busy families on schedule!
  • Comfy, durable bedding – check RV stores for sheets that fit odd-sized RV beds.
  • Don’t forget pillows!
  • Comforters or quilts for cool mountain nights.
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Biodegradable toilet paper
  • Net bag or reusable shopping bags for laundry
  • First Aid kit
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Green cleaning supplies and washable rags for cleaning
  • Toiletries in refillable containers – Fill and store for the next trip!
  • Glasses or contacts and supplies
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Cash and credit/debit cards
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (remember swimsuits!)
  • Flip flops for showers and beaches
  • Reusable shopping bags for groceries and recyclables
  • Lawn chairs for campfire comfort

Personal Items Worth Packing
The point of having downtime is to relax and enjoy it! Remember to pack these things if they’re important to your peace of mind.

  • CDs, mp3 player or tapes
  • Cell phone and calling cards (just remember that you are on vacation…)
  • Laptop computer/wireless card (again, remember that you are on vacation…)
  • Connector cable for cable television
  • Camera and batteries, film if shooting 35mm photos, download cable for digital

Keeping Your Trip on Track
There’s nothing worse than driving on a dark two-lane, trying to find the campground. Here are some tips for items that will keep your trip on track. Some of the following items should be packed in resealable, waterproof bags in an easily-secured area of your vehicle.

  • GPS system
  • MAPS! Print from Internet sites or purchase a set for the RV
  • Campground reservation receipts and directions
  • Vehicle and health insurance information, vehicle registration.
  • Emergency contact information in case of accident or illness, list of known allergies

Vehicle Safety and Maintenance
We’d all like our vacations to be trouble-free, but vehicle breakdowns occasionally occur. Why not keep the disruption to a minimum by being prepared?

  • Roadside assistance identification and contact info
  • Good flashlight with built-in strobe
  • Toolbox with basic home and auto maintenance tools
  • Tire pressure gauge (a lighter operated pump might also be a good idea)
  • A set of jumper cables

RV Essentials

  • Waste water and fresh water hoses
  • Rubber gloves for handling waste water hoses
  • Bacterial additive for waste water tanks (no toxic chemicals, please!)
  • A LARGE roll of duct tape! (you’ll be amazed what it can do in a pinch!)
  • Heavy-duty extension cords (at least 25′ long)
  • Wheel blocks and trailer levelers

Kitchen Cupboard Packing
Packing an RV kitchen is as an art! The trick is to plan meals ahead and buy food items that can be used for more than one meal. Get creative and think of one-pan delicacies, you’ll save dishwater and spend less time in the kitchen!

  • Favorite spices and condiments in labeled, refillable containers
  • Basic kitchen tools – can opener, stirring and serving utensils, spatulas, coffee scoop, knives and cutting board
  • Paper goods – aluminum foil, paper towels, trash bags
  • Dishtowels
  • Plastic, washable table cloth for picnic tables
  • Laundry and dish washing detergent in refillable containers
  • Plastic tubs with lids for dirty dishes, kitchen tools
  • Unbreakable dishes, inexpensive silverware (saves on trash generated!)
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Food and drink items from your menus, packed to minimize breakage from shifting
  • Snack items in tubs
  • Small set of pots and pans—skillet, sauce pan, large pan for chili, pasta
  • Coffeemaker, tea bags, coffee, creamer, sweetener

This may seem like a long list, but once you’ve collected these items the first time, they can be packed, stored and labeled for the next trip. When you’ve fine-tuned this a bit, you will know just what you need for carefree RV camping. So don’t just sit there – start packing!

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